Software Test Lead

The Software Test Lead is accountable for defining and driving the integration test strategy, and the testing of software and services delivered by the Applications team in support of CANARIE’s programs.

This is a full-time, permanent position that reports to the Manager, Software Development.

Key Responsibilities

  • Ensuring software developed is tested to a high standard
  • Designing and implementing automated test suites for containerized environments and DevOps
  • Performing manual testing, where necessary
  • Evaluating and recommending test tools and frameworks to enhance productivity and deliver high quality software
  • Actively monitoring and maintaining the existing test suite
  • Working effectively within an Agile development team
  • Participating in Story definition, task planning, and estimation
  • Writing test plan documentation
  • Evaluating and recommending automated test technologies and practices
  • Contributing to the development of best practices
  • Mentoring junior testers
  • Working with the latest networking, cybersecurity, IAM and cloud technologies
  • Travel may occasionally be required
  • Related duties and responsibilities, as required

The Ideal Candidate

To excel at CANARIE, you have a demonstrated capacity to work collaboratively on teams and are also an energetic self-starter with the self-motivation to work independently. You have excellent oral and written communication skills, and can count time management, problem solving, and managing multiple priorities as your strengths. You also share a dedication to CANARIE’s core values: service, teamwork, inclusion, innovation, quality, and integrity.

Relevant experience in publicly funded not-for-profit organizations is desirable. Bilingualism is preferred.

What You Bring

Education and Experience

  • College diploma or university degree in Computer Science or a suitable combination of education, experience, or other relevant training
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience in developing automated test suites for web applications and web services
  • Experience with either Kanban or SCRUM development practices
  • Experience testing software developed for containerization and DevOps
  • Experience working in a collaborative environment with developers and providing test insight for design
  • Previous experience conducting performance testing is desirable


  • Ability to develop testing strategies from user stories or requirement specifications
  • Proven ability to write effective automated functional and usability tests for front and backend components
  • Demonstrated creativity in approach to designing and writing software test cases
  • Demonstrated skills related to results analysis, debugging, and root cause investigation of test failures and bugs
  • Ability to learn new platforms, programming languages, and technologies
  • Technical problem-solving skills, ability to analyze and find alternative solutions
  • Ability to clearly communicate technical information
  • An understanding of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation model is desirable

Technical Proficiencies

  • Working knowledge of some or all of the following:
    • Testing frameworks: Selenium, Cucumber/Gherkin, Cypress
    • Programming languages: Python, JavaScript, Powershell
    • Technologies: RESTful APIs, OpenAPI, JSON, XML, Docker Compose, Helm
    • Environments: Docker, Kubernetes, AWS (or other cloud), Linux, Windows
    • Tools: Git, GitLab, Jira, Jenkins
  • Strong working knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite

Come Work with Us

If this seems to be the right fit for you, please send us a note and your resume to, and include the position title in your subject. We thank all applicants, however only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.